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MoxieTalk with Kirt Jacobs

Kirt Jacobs is the host and producer of MoxieTalk, a talk show that gives an intimate look into the courage, character and defining moments of today’s most inspiring individuals.
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Jun 24, 2017

Jack Conway rejects complacency and is driven to move forward and accomplish his next goal in life.

Conway is Attorney General of Kentucky. Before his election as attorney general, he was the nominee for Kentucky’s 3rd congressional district in the 2002 elections, narrowly losing to Republican incumbent Anne Northup.

Before serving in elected office, Conway spent several years on the administrative side of state government. Governor Paul Patton employed Conway as legal counsel to his executive cabinet and his chief energy advisor. Conway was the primary architect of the Kentucky Higher Education Reform Act of 1997, one of Patton’s signature legislative accomplishments.

On August 3, 1999, Patton appointed Conway deputy secretary of his executive cabinet, serving under Secretary Crit Luallen. Conway was responsible for drafting Patton’s 2000 legislative package to the General Assembly.

Conway earned a bachelor’s degree in public policy studies from Duke University in 1991. He graduated with a Juris Doctor from George Washington University Law School in 1995.

Jun 24, 2017

Dr. Kevin Cosby is driven to see people grow and see their mind, life, and relationships transformed.

Cosby is the senior pastor of St. Stephen Church in Louisville which has grown from 500 to approximately 10,000 members. Outreach magazine named St. Stephen as one of the 100 largest churches in America. Cosby is also president of Simmons College of Kentucky, the oldest black-owned and operated education institution in Kentucky.

Cosby has held administrative and teaching assignments at Kentucky State University, the University of Louisville, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and United Theological Seminary. His exceptional oratory skills have produced lecture engagements at universities and institutions around the world, including Harvard University.

Cosby received a bachelor of science from Eastern Kentucky University, a master of divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a doctor of ministry from United Theological Seminary.

Jun 24, 2017

Chris Thieneman is a competitor who loves to dream up new scenarios and strategies for success.

Thieneman is president of Thieneman Real Estate, a commercial and residential development company in Louisville, Ky. Before his career in real estate, Thieneman played professional football as a defensive lineman in the World League of American Football (WLAF) and the Canadian Football League (CFL) during the early 1990s. He played collegiately at the University of Louisville, where he was an honorable mention All-American.

Thieneman translated his football experience into a business opportunity as the co-owner of the Louisville Fire arena football team. Thieneman is one of the original founders of the Mint Jubilee Gala, a Kentucky Derby-themed charity event that raises money for The James Brown Cancer Center in Louisville.

Thieneman graduated from the University of Louisville with a bachelor’s degree in business management.

Jun 24, 2017

Denise Vasquez Troutman is passionate about her work and believes there is still so much to do.

Troutman is president and CEO of The Center for Women & Families which provides trauma-informed advocacy and support for individuals, families, and communities affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. Previously, she was vice president of human resources for The YMCA of Greater Louisville handling full management and budget responsibility for payroll, benefits, and administration along with bringing new insight and procedures to the hiring, training, and development policies.

Troutman also has extensive experience in the private sector. She was the southeast regional manager for Starbuck’s where she oversaw the US retail field operation covering seven states and 146 stores. Troutman also spent 10 years with the Oracle Corporation in various leadership positions.

She is a graduate of the University of Windsor.

Jun 24, 2017

Terry Blackwell has devoted her life to helping people realize their potential and inner abilities.

Blackwell is a past CEO of Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana where she was responsible for 28,000 members in 57 counties in Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee. Blackwell beat out over 140 candidates from a national search to win the Kentuckiana position.

Blackwell has over 20 years of leadership experience and is a life-long Girl Scout beginning as a Brownie as a little girl in New York City. Before joining the Kentuckiana council, Blackwell held two leadership positions in Girl Scouts. She worked at the Cumberland Valley Girl Scout Council in central Tennessee and most recently as CEO at the Connecticut Valley Girl Scout Council.
Blackwell received her bachelor’s in mass communications from the University of Old Westbury and her master’s in divinity from Vanderbilt University.

Jun 23, 2017

Jennifer Bielstein loves the art form and experience of live theatre and believes that it can change people’s lives.

Bielstein is managing director of Actors Theatre of Louisville where she oversees finance, marketing, fundraising and general operations for one of America’s most innovative theatre companies. Every year Bielstein manages one of the nation’s most prestigious new-play events, the Humana Festival while also managing regular season programming.

Bielstein moved to Louisville from Chicago, Ill., where she was most recently the executive director of Writer’s Theatre. She also worked for Steppenwolf Theatre Company, About Face Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Apple Tree Theatre, and Lincoln Park Zoo and served on the board of the League of Chicago Theatres.

Bielstein is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in business administration and theatre.

Jun 23, 2017

Brian Quail is passionate about the work and mission of the American Red Cross.

Quail is the CEO of the American Red Cross Louisville Area Chapter which covers 31 counties in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. The American Red Cross provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.

As CEO of the Louisville chapter, Quail helped implement a national emergency services call center that assists 165 chapters in 35 states.

Before his time at American Red Cross, Quail served as president and CEO of the Heart of Florida United Way in Orlando where he helped raise over $143 million.

Quail has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Massachusetts and a master’s degree in management for public and non-profits from the University of Chicago.

Jun 23, 2017

Steve Trager gets to make a positive impact every day in the lives of his associates and customers.

Trager is CEO of Republic Bank and Trust where he oversees 800 employees in three states with total assets of over $4 billion under management. Trager began his career with Republic in 1987 and held various leadership positions on his way to becoming president.

Before joining Republic, Trager spent two years as an associate with the law firm Wyatt Tarrant & Combs LLP.

Trager is active in several community institutions including serving as a director of Louisville Regional Airport Authority and as a trustee of Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare, Inc.

Trager holds an undergraduate degree in finance from the University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law.

Jun 23, 2017

Glenn Hogan believes fear is a great motivator that will either paralyze you or drive you to success.

Hogan is the president, CEO, and founder of Hogan Real Estate, a full-service commercial real estate development company headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky. Hogan has more than twenty years of real estate development experience and has developed over five million square feet of retail space in the Midwest and Southeast. He has worked with national tenants including Walgreens, Walmart, Winn-Dixie, Kroger, Starbucks, and McDonalds.

He is a Certified Commercial Investment Member and a past president of the Kentucky State CCIM Chapter.

Hogan is a director of Porter BanCorp. Inc. and previously served as a director of a community bank in Jefferson County for more than 10 years. He also served as a director of US Wireless Online, Inc. from August 2005 until May 2006.

Hogan graduated from Bellarmine University with a degree in business administration, concentrating in marketing and finance.

Jun 23, 2017

Dr. James Ramsey has a passion for public service and a vision for education and economic growth in Kentucky.

Ramsey is president of the University of Louisville. Under his leadership since 2002, the University of Louisville has enjoyed substantial growth system-wide. Notable accomplishments include an increase of over $200 million in endowments, doubling of research funding, a two-point increase in the school’s ACT scores, improvement in student retention, and rapidly increasing enrollment from students outside the Louisville area.

Ramsey served twice as Kentucky’s budget director and worked as the state’s chief economist. He was director of Kentucky’s Office of Financial Management, and interim commissioner of Kentucky’s Office of the New Economy.

Ramsey is a graduate of Western Kentucky University and has additionally earned a Masters and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Kentucky. Ramsey is also a professor of Economics and has served at five universities: the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Loyola University, the University of Kentucky, Western Kentucky University, and Middle Tennessee State University.

Jun 23, 2017

Diane McGraw loves to create a plan, gather the necessary resources, and watch it all come together.

McGraw is the executive director of the Louisville Sports Commission which recruits major sporting events, meetings, and conventions to stimulate the local economy and provide outstanding entertainment options for local citizens.

McGraw is a 30-year veteran of the sports and entertainment industry. She worked as founding president of the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission, president and CEO of the Orlando Area Sports Commission, and executive director of the Philadelphia Sports Congress.

During her career, McGraw planned some of the nation’s most well-known events including the 1992 HHL All-star game, 1995 PGA Championship, 1996 Grammy Awards, and 1998 U.S. Senior Golf Open.

Jun 23, 2017

John Harralson loves to document how people interact at community events.

Harralson is the publisher and editor of The Voice-Tribune newspaper in Louisville, Kentucky with a weekly readership of 70,000. Harralson has a diverse background working in both the private and public sector. Before his work with The Voice-Tribune, Harralson served three terms as mayor of Brownsboro Village and was also president of the Jefferson County League of Cities. He spent 30 years with Bellsouth where he was head of public relations.

Harralson is a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in Japan at the end of World War II.

He has a degree in business administration from the University of Kentucky.

Jun 23, 2017

Teddy Gordon loves a good fight, especially where the underdog is denied fair access and equal opportunity.

Gordon is an attorney in a small private practice but has argued some of the most important legal cases in the country. On December 4, 2006, Gordon argued the case Meredith vs. Jefferson County Board of Education before the U.S. Supreme Court. Gordon argued that race cannot be a determining factor for the admittance of children in the public school system. In June 2007, the court sided with Gordon’s plaintiff in a landmark 5-4 decision.

Gordon received his bachelor’s in Russian studies from the University of Kentucky and his J.D. from the University of Louisville.

Jun 23, 2017

Owsley Brown Frazier has dedicated his life and fortune to improve his hometown for future generations.

Frazier is a philanthropist, entrepreneur, and former business executive. He is the founder of the Frazier History Museum in Louisville, Kentucky.

Frazier, a fourth generation descendant of Brown-Forman Corporation founder George Garvin Brown, was vice-chairman and the public face of Brown-Forman from 1983 until his retirement in 2000. He first worked for the company as a trainee in 1955. After graduating from the University of Louisville he became the company’s lawyer in 1960, then joined the board of directors and became director of personnel in 1964.

Frazier is also the owner and chairman of the interior and commercial design firm Bittners, LLC.

In addition to his responsibilities as vice chairman of Brown-Forman, Bittners owner, and history museum founder, Frazier has amassed an impressive public service record. He raised more than $500 million over a 40-year period for the community and educational institutions in Kentucky.

In memoriam: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/louisville/obituary.aspx?pid=159242265

Jun 23, 2017

John Asher loves the sport of horse racing and is driven to make everything about Churchill Downs the best in the world.

Asher has worked in the thoroughbred racing industry as a journalist and a publicist for more than 20 years. He joined Churchill Downs in January 1997 and has served in his current position since March 1999. Asher oversees all communications and public relations efforts at Churchill Downs, home of the world-famous Kentucky Derby.

As a radio journalist at WHAS-AM and WAVE-AM in Louisville, Asher earned five Eclipse Awards for Outstanding National Radio Coverage of Thoroughbred Racing. Other awards include a National Headliner Award, a Scripps-Howard Award, and honors from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Radio and Television News Directors Association, and the Kentucky Broadcasters Association. The Associated Press honored Asher as the Best Reporter in Kentucky Large-Market Radio seven times.

Asher is a graduate of Western Kentucky University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

Jun 23, 2017

Christine Johnson likes to make things happen and connect people who see opportunities to move things forward.

Johnson is president of the Leadership Louisville Center, a nonprofit organization that provides programs, workshops, and events designed to inspire, challenge and connect people at all levels of leadership development. She has received numerous national awards for her work in community leadership development.

Before serving with the Leadership Louisville Center, Johnson was vice president at the public relations agency Wenz-Neely. She began her career as the first ever woman sports reporter for the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Johnson received her Bachelor of Science in history and journalism from Murray State University.

Jun 23, 2017

Ben Richmond fills a responsibility to steward his parent’s work in the civil rights movement and to further the principles and values taught by Dr. Martin Luther King.

Richmond is the president and CEO of the Louisville Urban League which serves as an active partner, leader, and catalyst to assist African Americans, other minority groups and the disadvantaged attain social and economic equality and stability. Richmond began his career with the Urban League in Madison, Wisconsin in 1979 and from 1982-1987 he was president and CEO of the Battle Creek, Michigan chapter.

Before his career with the Urban League, Richmond spent seven years traveling Europe as part of the Northeast German Music Academy. He received his bachelor’s degree from Tougaloo College and a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Jun 23, 2017

Maria Hampton is competitive by nature and has a strong passion for success.

Hampton is the vice president and senior executive of the Federal Bank of St. Louis Louisville branch which is focused on community development and education, as well as regional economic research and policy input. Hampton’s responsibilities include western Kentucky, metro Louisville and southern Indiana.

Before joining the Fed, Hampton was president of the Housing Partnership Inc. (HPI), a nonprofit corporation focused on creating affordable housing and neighborhood redevelopment in the Louisville area. Previously, she worked for 26 years with Bank One Kentucky (formerly Liberty National Bank) as an executive in the areas of retail banking, operations, marketing, and strategic planning.

Hampton is a graduate of Springhill College and attended graduate and executive programs at Harvard and the Darden School of Business.

Jun 23, 2017

Sandra Frazier starts each day thinking about how she can contribute something that will make a difference.

Frazier is a public relations specialist and is the founder of Tandem Public Relations. Before Tandem, Frazier worked at Doe Anderson where she managed public relations efforts for several high-profile clients, including Louisville Slugger/Hillerich & Bradsby Co., Community Health Systems/CHS, and Fifth Third Bank. Before joining Doe Anderson, she worked for Boston-based State Street Corporation, one of the world’s largest financial service companies.

Frazier has a master of science in mass communication and public relations from Boston University and a bachelor of arts degree in history from Hollins College.

Frazier volunteers with numerous community and civic causes, including the Hollins College Board of Trustees, The Louisville Zoo, the Kentucky Center Endowment Board, and the Downtown Development Corporation.

Jun 23, 2017

Barbara Day draws her inspiration from being told as a little girl that she wouldn’t amount to much.

Day is a nationally recognized health specialist and certified nutritionist. She is the publisher of Kentuckiana Health Fitness magazine with a monthly distribution of 47,000 and reaches thousands as the host of a successful weekly radio show.

Day served as sports nutrition consultant to the United States Navy SEALs and University of Louisville Athletic Department. She worked as a program reviewer for child nutrition programs for the Alaska Department of Education and wrote a program manual for family day care centers.

Day also served on the Tennessee Governor’s Council on Wellness and Physical Activity due to her outspoken advocacy about nutrition and exercise strategies for children in Clarksville, Tennessee.

Day has an undergraduate degree in dietetics and institution management from Western Kentucky University and a master’s degree in clinical nutrition from the University of Maryland.

Jun 23, 2017

Cynthia Knapek has a tremendous amount of civic pride in her hometown of Louisville and loves doing work that will impact and improve her community.

Knapek is executive director of Brightside, an innovative public-private partnership that works to build civic pride in the community and keep Louisville clean and green. In 2004, Knapek led the community-wide public art project “Gallopalooza” raising over $800 thousand for Brightside and other causes.

Previously, Knapek was the director of education for Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates and she was a founding member and the first president of the Young Professionals Association of Louisville (YPAL). In 2001 Business First named her to the Top 40 Leaders Under 40.

Knapek is active in several community organizations and serves on the boards of Greater Louisville Inc., Metro Parks Foundation, and the advisory board for the Young Professionals Association of Louisville.

She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Louisville.

Jun 23, 2017

For Chuck Denny, continuous self-improvement is a driving force that motivates him every day.

Denny is the president of National City Bank’s Kentucky and Tennessee division where he is responsible for a team of 1,600 employees. Before becoming president, Denny managed the banking services for the middle and large corporate markets and the investor-owned health care specialties.

Denny loves working with a team that is united in pursuing the same goals. Under his leadership, National City has continued to innovate and grow recently expanding into the Nashville market.

Denny graduated with a bachelor’s degree and MBA from the University of Louisville and an A.B.A. from the University of Delaware.

Denny is active in his community serving on The University of Louisville Board of Overseers, Baptist Health Louisville, and Greater Louisville, Inc.

Jun 23, 2017

Deepak Tiwari lives by the motto: wish, will, and determination is the law of success.

Tiwari is a living example of the potential of the American dream. He left India in 1989 and landed in Louisville with his wife, two sons, and a $10 bill in his pocket. Desperate to provide for his family and speaking little English, Tiwari began working multiple jobs and worked 20 hour days for two years.

Tiwari now owns and operates eleven Subway franchises and has won awards from Subway for opening stores and increasing sales. He has also owned franchises from Noble Roman’s Pizza, TCBY, Frisch’s, Mailboxes Etc., and Choice Quality Inn.

Tiwari received a master’s degree in physical education and was the athletic director at Jiwaji University in India.

Jun 23, 2017

Omar Ayyash sees himself as an ambassador and is passionate about helping people understand that the world is a global village.

Ayyash is a true global citizen. He was born in Jordan, raised in Austria, and educated in the United States. He is the director of Office of International Affairs (OIA) for Louisville Metro Government where he is the mayor’s point person on international matters.

As director of OIA, Ayyash managed, marketed, and developed the city’s international program into an award-winning division. He developed one of the largest international festivals in the region, Worldfest, a weekend festival that drew over 60,000 people, making it the largest international festival in the region.

Before joining OIA, Ayyash served as acting director of the Kentucky World Trade Center. He holds a bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Kentucky and an MBA from the University of Louisville.

Jun 23, 2017

Tyler Allen began life with a great foundation and believes that he has a responsibility to give back to the community.

Allen comes from an entrepreneurial family and is the owner of USA Image Technologies, Inc., which specializes in large-scale digital graphics. Allen also is a co-founder of 8664, an organization that advocates for the revitalization of Louisville through the removal of Interstate 64 (I-64) along the riverfront. 8664’s vision is the adoption of a transportation plan that will provide long-term benefits to the region’s citizens, neighborhoods, environment, and economy.

Allen is a graduate of Northwestern University with a B.A. in comparative religion. He remains active in several civic organizations including the Louisville chapter of the American Red Cross, The Healing Place, Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and the Kentucky Center for African American History.

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